Posterior Capsular Opacification

Posterior capsular opacification can occur after routine cataract surgery. Cataract surgery removes the cataract lens but keeps the posterior capsule surrounding the lens in place. After cataract surgery the remaining capsular bag may become cloudy causing decreased or foggy vision. This can occur a few months to a few years after cataract surgery.

What is YAG laser capsulotomy?

YAG laser capsulotomy is an in office laser procedure. It uses laser energy to disrupt the cloudy posterior capsule. This clears the opacification and allows a clear pathway for light to enter the eye.

What are the risks of YAG capsulotomy?

Generally, YAG capsulotomy is a low risk procedure. There is a risk of floaters, increased eye pressure (which is usually short lived), inflammation, retinal detachment, macular or corneal edema, and decreased vision.

What should I expect after YAG capsulotomy?

This is usually a very well tolerated procedure and most patients have no symptoms. Some may experience mild soreness and occasional floaters which usually disappears after a few days of anti-inflammatory eye drops. After laser the patient may resume all their usual day to day activities without restrictions.